On Wellness in WV

The American Red Cross said there remains an urgent need for donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. The organization is encouraging those blood types to consider giving double red cells, when available, according to the release:

The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the middle and end of July mark only the halfway point to the challenging summer months.

“The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of the year for blood donations,” said Hagins. “Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions.”

Blood is needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant patients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. Each day, the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region needs approximately 700 donors to step forward and give blood. Blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative blood can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Upcoming Community Blood Drive Opportunities: 

(**2RBC**  Indicates double red cell donation offered at that blood drive)

 

Monday, July 29, 2013

**2RBC**  Delbarton, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., Burch High School, Rt. 2

**2RBC**  Elizabeth, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., Elizabeth Baptist Church-Fellowship Hall, 791 Mulberry Street

**2RBC**  Flemingsburg, KY: 3 to 8 p.m., Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 7583 Mt. Carmel Beachburg Road

Louisa, KY: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Three Rivers Medical Center, 2483 Ky. Route 644

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

**2RBC**  Jackson, OH: 1 to 7 p.m., Jackson Area YMCA, 594 East Main Street

**2RBC**  Portsmouth, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th Street

**2RBC**  Wellston, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 219 East 1st Street

Winfield, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ashland, KY: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Member’s Choice Credit Union, 1315 Cannonsburg Road

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane

 

Thursday, August, 1, 2013

Barboursville, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Best Buy, 6 Mall Road

**2RBC**  Barboursville, WV: 1 to 7 p.m., Barboursville Church of Christ, 1120 McClung Avenue

Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Highmark West Virginia, 614 Market Street

**2RBC**  Point Pleasant, WV: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 615 Viand Street

 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Ashland, KY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Avenue

Charleston, WV: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CAMC General, Morris Street

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Avenue

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Grace Gospel Church, 6239 Pike Street

**2RBC**  South Williamson, KY: 2 to 7 p.m., South Side Mall, 275 Mall Road

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

**2RBC**  Ravenswood, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., North United Methodist Church, Washington and Brown Streets

Ripley, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., Ripley Church of Christ, 112 Jackson Avenue

**2RBC**  South Point, OH: 1 to 7 p.m., South Point Church of Christ, 3rd & Virginia Streets

**2RBC**  Winfield, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., Winfield Churh of the Nazarene, 2986 Winfield Road

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Department of Environmental Protection, 601 57th Street SE

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Saint Albans, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Cintas 525, 654 Winfield Road

**2RBC**  South Charleston, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., South Charleston Library, 312 4th Avenue

 

Thursday, August, 8, 2013

**2RBC**  Ironton, OH: 2 to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2101 S. Third Street

**2RBC**  Waverly, OH: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Adena Pike Medical Center, 100 Dawn Lane

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

**2RBC**  Catlettsburg, KY: 1 to 6 p.m., Burnaugh Baptist Church, 29675 Mayo Trail

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., HIMG Regional Medical Ctr, 5170 US Rt. 60 East

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Avenue

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